The Rise of Women in the Legal Profession

The mural shown, Law Through the Ages, lines the dome of the rotunda in the New York County Courthouse.

Designed by Attilio Pusterla, a native of Milan who migrated to New York in 1899, the mural incorporates 300 human figures to depict highpoints in the history of law from Assyrian times through 19th century America.

Pusterla's sketches for the design were approved in 1927 by Guy Lowell, the architect of the building, but work on the mural did not begin until 1934 when the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was able to provide funds and staff for the project.

The mural was completed in 1936, and was recently cleaned and restored.

Presented by:

Committee of the Historical Records of the New York County Clerk, Inc. and

the Arthur W. Diamond Law Library, Columbia Law School